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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

February 17, 2019

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Jersey. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP’s New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

ELECTION CAMPAIGN RDP

Democratic presidential candidates are courting voters in states with influential early roles in the 2020 primary as the busy pace of campaigning over the holiday weekend shows that the contest to challenge President Donald Trump is fully under way. By Elana Schor. SENT: About 350 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-LUNG TRANSPLANT WAIT

KEYPORT _ It started with a cough that would not go away. “I was ignoring it,” Dawn Burke said. Then came two bouts of pneumonia, one month apart. Tests led to a stunning diagnosis: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a disease that scars the lungs for unknown reasons. In September 2017, she joined the waiting list for a lung transplant. A year-and-a-half later, the 59-year-old is still waiting. Supplemental oxygen and a positive attitude get her through the day, but those days are slowly getting harder. By Jerry Carino, Asbury Park Press. SENT: About 710 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

COUPLE SLAIN-FAMILY MEMBER SOUGHT _ Authorities say a man has been charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of his father and mother in their New Jersey home.

SPORTS:

HKN--SABRES-DEVILS

NEWARK _ After winning the final game on a three-game road trip, the New Jersey Devils return home to face the Buffalo Sabres at the Prudential Center. The Sabres lost to the Rangers on Friday. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING. 700, photos. Game starts at 6:05 p.m. EST.

BKW--T25-MARQUETTE-SETON HALL

SOUTH ORANGE _ Coming off a stunning loss to St. John’s on Friday, No. 8 Marquette will come to New Jersey to face Seton Hall in a Big East Conference game Sunday. UPCOMING. 600. Game starts at 12:05 p.m. EST.

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